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April 7, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Automakers are on a torrid recall pace this year. Car companies have recalled about 11 million vehicles in the U.S. so far this year. General Motors Co. has called back the most: 6 million, including more than 2 million for an ignition switch issue linked to 13 deaths. That's already half the 22 million cars recalled in all of 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and more than a third of the recent high of 30.8 million vehicles in 2004. Other big recalls this year include 650,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos, 1 million cars from Nissan - including its popular Altima and Sentra sedans - almost 900,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and about 700,000 Toyota Prius hybrids.
April 7, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON -- Whether it was deliberate or not, Scott Feldman seemed to slow-play the Angels on Sunday, when he allowed one run and three hits in seven innings of the Houston Astros' 7-4 victory in Minute Maid Park. Several times, the Astros right-hander appeared to be in clear violation of a rule that requires a pitcher, when the bases are empty, to deliver his next pitch within 12 seconds of receiving the ball from the catcher after the previous pitch. “Theoretically, yes, there is,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said when asked about the rule before Monday's series finale against the Astros.
April 7, 2014 | By Jean Merl
 With the June 3 primary just weeks away, the pace is picking up in the 18-candidate race to succeed retiring longtime Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).  A campaign mailer from spiritual teacher and bestselling author Marianne Williamson landed in some voters' mailboxes over the weekend, possibly the first piece of political mail of the race. Williamson, a former Democrat who switched her voter registration to "no party preference" as part of her stated goal to help break the partisan gridlock in Congress, asks voters to support a constitutional amendment to help "get money out of politics.
April 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
As USC reached the midway point of spring workouts Thursday, Coach Steve Sarkisian decided to shake things up. About an hour into the Trojans' eighth practice, players gathered in an end zone at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field for a competitive one-on-one drill. A dance contest. Players whooped and hollered as teammates squared off in the surprise competition as music blared from sideline speakers. "Guys have some moves and some guys don't," Sarkisian said. "I think some guys might listen to country music.
March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
In a sport that isn't lightning fast to begin with, Kevin Na has earned a reputation as one of the slowest players on the PGA Tour. His glacial pace at the Valspar Championship over the weekend has revived calls for golf to institute a basketball-like shot clock. Don't look for Na -- who was cited for pace of play during the third round -- to support a change.  "I got criticized but I really don't think it's fair," he said after the tournament. "I was just playing my game.
March 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Oklahoma City Thunder 131 - Lakers 102 (end of regulation) The Thunder got easy revenge on Thursday night, defeating the Lakers 131-102 in Oklahoma City. On Sunday, the Lakers upset the Thunder 114-110, behind a career-high 42 points from Jodie Meeks. Meeks led the Lakers with 19 on Thursday, but it wasn't nearly enough to help the Lakers keep pace. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both scored 29 points to lead all scorers. Durant struggled through foul trouble in the third quarter, but Westbrook took over to give the Thunder a big lead.
March 6, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. The City of the Big Shoulders - stormy, husky, brawling, wrecking, planning, building, breaking, rebuilding, to use only words Carl Sandburg chose to describe Chicago - is the subject of a new documentary series from CNN. Beginning Thursday and running for eight weeks, it has been made by the team who made Sundance Channel's Peabody Award-winning "Brick City," which focused on...
March 6, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Urbanites have plenty of reasons to fear country folk, at least in the movies. Getting away for the weekend so often turn into a showdown with masked murderers that heading out to the country seems like a game of Russian roulette. In writer-director Jeremy Lovering's exceptional British thriller "In Fear," the needy, nebbish Tom (Iain De Caestecker) rolls the dice by booking a room at a remote hotel for himself and his maybe-kinda girlfriend, Lucy (Alice Englert), to celebrate their two-week anniversary.
February 27, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Orders for airplanes, appliances and other long-lasting durable goods fell in January for the second straight month, but the pace of decline lessened and there were positive signs in the data for the vital manufacturing sector. Orders were down 1% last month compared with a steep 5.3% drop in December, the Commerce Department said Thursday The January decline was less than the 1.6% decline forecast by analysts and looked better in comparison with a December figure that was revised down from initially reported 4.3%.
February 21, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
1. Walk or bike to work once a week. 2. Don't park your car in the spot closest to the front door. Instead, find the parking stall farthest away. (Of course, take security into consideration.) 3. Stairs, no elevators. 4. Stop the impulse to email. Instead, get up off your duff and walk to a colleague's desk to deliver a work message. 5. Walk 15 minutes before work. (That's 71/2 minutes in one direction, and then turn around.) 6. Walk 15 minutes at lunch. 7. Walk 15 minutes after your shift ends.
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